Remember 1996? Atlanta’s Summer Olympics?
The rain blew into Dunwoody.
The rain blew out of Dunwoody.
The sun shined in Dunwoody.
Dunwoody’s streets dried.
My coworker Al and I rode our bikes from Dunwoody to Free Flite in Sandy Springs.
As we waited for our 6:30pm ride to start the ride leader looked at the radar and canceled the ride.
The rain was going to blow back into Dunwoody.
My coworker Al and I rode our bikes from Free Flite in Sandy Springs to Dunwoody.
We tooled around Dunwoody amassing a massive 9.8 miles in total.
morning evening (since I overslept) I plan to do the 25-mile ride I didn’t get to do yesterday.
ITP Flickr Pic
“What Do You Mean When You Say That The Rhine May Rise?” (Unknown, Germany)
No need to look at the calendar, we all know that today is July 7th and not July 4th.
You know what else I did almost twenty years ago? I resigned from my job. Today I am doing it again. Let’s just say that the time is right. My final day at my current position will be July 21st, the day before my 51st birthday.
Some of you have heard this plan already because I’ve been contemplating it for six months and have mentioned it whilst drunk. It’s a good thing that I don’t have any ships that my loose lips could sink.
This is perhaps the craziest thing that I have done in my life, but I feel that I absolutely have to do it. I have no job lined up and plan to take the next six(ish) months to relax, travel, and most importantly teach myself Swift (Apple’s programming language introduced two years ago). I know that when I get another programming job that I will most likely earn significantly less than I am today, but this is the only time that I can say being a loser — a 50-year-old man who has been unable to convince a woman to fall in love with him, have children, pets, whatever — and only having to support myself is working to my advantage.
Ever wonder how I could plan to go to Germany for two weeks, Iowa for one week, Vermont for one week, and Colorado for one week, not to mention take the one/two day mini-vacations that I’ve taken in the first six months of this year? Even with my rollover vacation from last year the only way is to free myself from the requirement of being in an office.
Did you wonder why I published my financial needs a few weeks ago? It was to convince myself that I could survive on my savings for six months. And I can.
What else will be changing? Well, I will be riding my bicycle a lot more, every day if possible; I won’t be going out for meals and beer as much as I have been, nor will I have to do so because traffic is insane; out of necessity I will be learning how to cook again (and what a great time for Kroger to open a new location near Glenwood Park!); I will be (trying to) limit my spending on things like computers. Hell, I might finally have some time to get my house in order!
My hiatus will not be all fun and games. For the times that I am not traveling I will be studying, coding, and practicing my interviewing skills for at least eight hours a day.
I’m really looking forward to not commuting to/from Perimeter Mall.
What happens if I cannot find a job at the beginning of 2017? Frankly, I’m not sure. While I have money in the bank it’s not nearly enough to retire at my age.
Wish me luck. I may need it.